Not Firing Anyone: Kiss Hands Before Round 2

Hubert Robert, Incendie a'Rome

Sadly, while I did indeed bring everyone's intentions with me to the Holy Land, I was not able to pray in the holiest of places. I was denied Jerusalem thanks to a case of pneumonia that sent me home and then quickly to hospital. But know I did pray, and even in a hospital bed, gasping for breath, I offered it up for your intentions. It was the best I could do.I will write about Israel later, when I am well and stronger. Right now, I am forced to use this puny amount of energy I possess in … [Read more...]

“Salt and Light”: Tasty, Clarifying stuff for Lent!

Salt and Light cover

So, I have a pile of books that have come my way, freebies--gifts from publishers or authors hoping I will read their book and recommend it--and I am feeling terrible that so many books have come in and received nothing but silence on this end.Since I really do need a little downtime from the ordinary routine, I think I will spend the rest of January trying to get at least a good sense of some of these books and letting you know about them. Tonight, this book was on top of my pile, so I … [Read more...]

Idols Come in Many Forms; Facebook Feeds Them – UPDATED

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My column at First Things this week takes yet another stab at discussing the idols some of us are (of have in the past) made of our ideologies, and how damaging it is becoming to our mental and social health, and more importantly to our spirits:In 2012, there are still some puffs of Obama-fervor to be found amid the members and burning-out embers of the mainstream press; here and there you may find someone on the right launching a heavy breath toward the Romney/Ryan coals, but after decades … [Read more...]


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